The Four Seasons Restaurant has announced that it has signed a lease in 280 Park Avenue. Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld will design the 20,000-square-foot space, in addition to furniture and tableware.
Restaurant co-owner Alex von Bidder told RECORD the restaurant is "very excited" to have Weinfeld "co-create with us a new version of the Four Seasons."
Architecture critic Paul Goldberger provided guidance to co-owners Julian Niccolini and von Bidder during the international search for an architect. “Weinfeld produces some of the most elegant, serene, refined and sensual modern architecture in the world,” Goldberger said. “He understands form, materials, light, and space—and what it will take to make a new Four Seasons that will be as important to the 21st century as the first one was to the 20th.”
After 57 years in the Seagram building, the restaurant will close on July 16, after loosing its lease. The original custom furnishings, including pieces designed by Mies Van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, and Florence Knoll, will be auctioned off in July 26.